Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $55,180 to improve telehealth for the Northern NY Rural Behavioral Health Institute in Saranac Lake. The funding is intended for a telemedicine cart, tablets, video monitors, and remote monitoring equipment to continue to serve at-risk patients in rural New York with chronic health conditions, including remote primary care, rehabilitation, and addiction recovery support services. 

“This funding for the Northern NY Rural Behavioral Health Institute is critical in ensuring patients who have chronic health conditions have access to remote healthcare services,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Improving telehealth capabilities for centers like this one in Saranac Lake will ensure patients can receive remote care and services that they need, specifically including mental health and addiction recovery services that are so important. I will continue to advocate for federal support that provides essential medical services to our North Country communities, especially for our more rural areas.”

This round of funding marks the eleventh provided through the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program, authorized by the CARES Act, has approved funding for 367 health care providers in 45 states as well as Washington, DC for a total of just over $128.23 million in funding.